Common Nutrition Mistakes Guys Make
1- Hoarding Junk Food
Sometimes it really is as simple as out of sight, out of mind. Throw out all the junk food in your place, and don’t let any more come through the front door. Switch off the urges and cravings by getting rid of those foods ASAP.
2- Not Understanding HowTo Adjust Your Energy Intake
Sounds like a complicated concept, but it’s really quite simple. On days when you are less active (stuck at the desk all day anyone?) reduce your calorie intake by snacking on healthier options and eating lighter, more balanced meals with 1-2 serves of protein; 1-2 serves of carbs, and 3+ serves of veggies. If you are heading out for a game of footy, going on a weekend bike ride or hike, or attacking a big gym workout, make sure you fuel up with quality carbohydrates and protein both before and after your session. On the protein front, Beef and Lamb are packed with all the nutrients you need to smash through your active weekend with ease.
3- Not Eating Enough Red Meat
Back in the caveman days, eating wild, freshly caught animals ensured the survival of our species, and red meat was at the top of that pile. Prized for its high amounts of protein, B vitamins, zinc and Iron, it ensured our place at the top of the food chain and gave us the strength and vitality for optimal function and reproduction.
These days look for top quality cuts of Beef and Lamb. Get Primal – fire up the barbecue with a few steaks, Lamb chops, some good quality Beef sausages and Lamb shanks – and get the clan around for a meal fit for a tribe.
4- Avoiding Fresh Produce
Every time you sit down to a meal, take a look not just at what is on your plate, but what colours they are. Choosing a wide variety of fresh fruit and vegetables should mean that your meal should have most of the colours of the rainbow. On the other end of the spectrum, think about that golden-brown hue of not-so-goodness staring back at you when you order a value meal from a take-away restaurant. The pot of gold at the end of the rainbow is 1-2 serves of Protein, 1-2 serves of carbs, and 3+ serves of veggies. Colourful like a rainbow.
5- Drinking Too Many Calories
A sure fire way to take in too much energy – typically in the form of simple sugars that spike insulin levels – is in liquid form. Most men think nothing of having a couple of milky coffees a day, 1-2 cans of soft drink, perhaps a fruit juice, and then a couple of beers during the evening.
If you added up all the extra calories and sugar in these drinks (between 800-1000 calories), it’s little wonder most men put on an average of 2-3kg a year in body fat..
Limit your drinks to water, tea and coffee with the occasional alcoholic beverage (because you’re only human, right?). Start by replacing one or two of your sugary drinks a day, then slowly work on cutting them all out. Your waistline will thank you for it!